All in Internet of Things
On October 5, 2018, the President signed into law the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 (the Act), which reauthorizes the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for a period of five years and includes numerous substantive provisions related to various segments of the aviation industry, including unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).
Federal policymakers have been grappling with many aspects of privacy these days, and this week has already seen two major developments: today’s release of privacy principles by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), and yesterday’s roll out of a Privacy Framework process by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
Wiley Rein hosted a roundtable luncheon yesterday featuring Maureen Ohlhausen, Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The event, which was kicked off by Wiley Rein’s FTC Regulation Practice Group’s chair, Scott Delacourt, was attended by many clients and leaders in the communications industry.
Today, the Department of Energy (“DOE”) published a Request for Information (“RFI”) regarding smart technology, adding to the regulatory efforts swirling around IoT.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has released the second edition of its “Integration of Civil Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) into the National Airspace System (NAS) Roadmap.” In addition to providing an update on the FAA’s progress to date, the partnerships and advisory committees it has forged, and identifying key challenges to UAS integration into the NAS, the roadmap details the FAA’s near-term rulemaking and research efforts.
The John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 (NDAA or the Act) (H.R. 5515) was signed into law on August 13, 2018. The appropriations law authorizes a $717 billion national defense budget and includes wide-ranging provisions on cybersecurity, touching everything from enhancing the military’s ability to respond to cyber attacks to protecting the IT supply chain and encouraging greater public-private collaboration.
In an August 3 memo from Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan, the Department of Defense (DoD) banned personnel from “using geolocation features and functionality on both non-government and government-issued devices, applications, and services while in locations designated as operational areas (OAs).” Outside of OAs, DoD has ordered the heads of DoD Components to “consider the inherent risks associated with geolocation capabilities on devices, applications, and services, both non-government and government issued, by personnel both on and off duty.”
The first headlines were as dramatic as the accompanying video—an apparent drone attack on Nicholas Maduro, President of Venezuela, as he delivered an address in Caracas. The video doesn’t show the drones, but captures Maduro’s wife looking up in alarm and startled soldiers scattering in fear.